How to Stop a Civil War in the West

by | Jan 18, 2023

Is it really a surprise that as the government gets bigger and bigger and bigger, everything in life becomes more and more hyper-political?


When you think about it, right, there are such profound differences that people have…you will have right now in this audience…a Christian sitting next to an atheist, the most profound difference in belief: one person believes that the person next to them is going to burn in a pit of Hell forever, and that atheist looks over at you and believes you are delusional.


But you’re fine. Like, you’re not going to war, because it’s separated from politics. Now if tomorrow there was going to be a vote over whether the government is Christian or atheist, those people start going to war, because they’re warring over…who rules over you, and so, the problem with all of this, with comedy and with everything else online—it’s not that we have differences; it’s that we have political differences.


Politics is poison, and that’s why you want to reduce the size of government…


– Dave Smith, The Voluntaryist Handbook, p. 289


About Keith Knight

Keith Knight is Managing Editor at the Libertarian Institute, host of the Don't Tread on Anyone podcast and editor of The Voluntaryist Handbook: A Collection of Essays, Excerpts, and Quotes.

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